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There are days and season when you should not read. Well not if you want to stay the same at least.

Recently I have read The Starbucks Experience, Emerging Church and The Azusa Street Mission and Revival.

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Not everyone has the same sense of humour.

I have enjoyed the Wittenburg Door for many years.

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OK,  I know God has a sense of humour.

I mention a lack of rain, the next night we have a downpour that has continued on and off to today.  It is great.  It will help the drought but we need more.

Keep praying saints! Please.

It seems odd to me who many consider a technophile to find a technical mistake on my own blog.

It seems I did not turn on the commenting feature properly so those people who might have left a comment have not been able to.

So rather than being a post commenting about technology this is a post about the technology of comments.

The answer quite simply is mea culpa, “I got it wrong.

Not a bad way to start a busy Friday.

I have lived through a season or two of wildfires in California. Pepperdine which always looked like one of the most beautiful campuses in the world (its location, location, location) is having major problems with fires surrounding it and famous Ausses in Malibu – Mel and Olivia – may have to evacuate if they have not already.

Its funny knowing that we get concerned about what happens in church, we pray for God’s fire to cleanse us and make us new, for God’s fire to fall. Yet this is talk more of judgement than grace.

Steve Camp sang, and possibly wrote, a song years ago entitled “Grace is the smell of rain” for some reason, possibly living in drought stricken Brisbane, I’d prefer rain to judgement.

Mel’s book The Azusa Street Mission and Revival: The Birth of the Global Pentecostal Movement (2006) is on my rotation at the moment.  A few things strike me about the book.

  • It is incredibly well researched and well written.  Each chapter is well thought out and the content is often surprising.
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Mathematics is an exact field, so is computer science. They state that something is or is not. Two plus two equals four. It is not two plus two should be close to four. It is four. This sort of thinking is helpful for giving expression to the relationship possibilities for Kingdom and Church even though this is a theological discussion. Read the rest of this entry »

I gave a presentation last night with some of it about contemporary Pentecostal worship. The presentation went down very well. One of the best group of thinkers I have been in since I got back from the UK. Read the rest of this entry »

One of my areas of interest at the moment is the issue of “kingdom” and “church”. How they relate and how the church embodies the kingdom. While my research has been on church and I make a comment about the church reflecting the kingdom I have come to the conclusion recently that I need to do more work on this. Read the rest of this entry »

It is not every day I decide to blog again. Over lunch someone reminded me (thanks Sam) that we need to get our college name out more.

I suggested a blog again. I am not sure if this is a good idea but at least it is an idea.